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How To Clean Ceramic Tile Floors Without Damaging Them?

Tips for clean ceramic tiles

Ceramic tiles are a popular flooring material opted by most homeowners and commercial space owners. They are easily available and fit well into every budget, making them commercially viable and popular. Add to the fact that they are durable and last for a long time without taking an extra dime for their daily maintenance, and you have something that just enhances the value of your flooring.

Having said that, cleaning the tiles regularly is something that you must look after once in a while. But did you know there is a right way to clean the ceramic tile floors? These tips are easy to follow and lead to clean ceramic floor tiles without much effort. With that in mind, let’s first see what we need to clean the ceramic tile floors.

What will you need?

Equipment

  • Dry cloth
  • Broom, dustpan, or vacuum
  • Rag or mop
  • Bucket

Materials

  • All-purpose surface cleaner
  • Warm water

Method to clean ceramic tiles

Cleaning your ceramic tile flooring is not a herculean task. The key, as it mostly does, lies in the consistency. If you live in a city with a lot of dust and grime, dusting and mopping daily is mandatory, although even in that case, deep cleaning once a week will prove sufficient. Following is a step-by-step guide on how to clean ceramic tile floors.

Sweep the tile

First, you start collecting and discarding dust and dirt that’s easily collected with a broom. If you want to go a step ahead, you can also use a vacuum cleaner for deeper dust cleaning. However, ensure that you don’t leave the corners of the furniture or curve of the walls where the dust tends to pile up if not noticed and can leave a mark behind.

Choose the right mop

You can either go for the traditional rag or opt for the chamois mop for cleaning the ceramic tile floor. Avoid a sponge mop, as it tends to push the dirty water into the grout lines, making it more difficult to clean in the future. Change the water frequently while using a mop as soon as the water turns turbid with dirt.

Use warm water to mix with the surface cleaner

Warm water is always a better choice than room temperature water when it comes to cleaning floors. Warm water loosens any hardened grime and stain, especially in areas like kitchens and dining rooms. So use warm water with disinfectant whenever possible.

Look for tile stains

In a house witnessing several activities, the flooring is bound to be exposed to spills and stains. However, the good part here is that it is easier to get the stains from tiles compared to other flooring materials. A great way to start with regular cleaning is to be on the lookout for any discolouration or stains. If you do find any, use a cleaner that targets stain removal.

Dry the tiles after cleaning

Drying the tiles after cleaning is as necessary as cleaning them with water. If your ceramic tile floor happens to be glazed on the surface, water spots can form if you leave the floor to air dry. To avoid this situation, you can use a clean and dry cloth to wipe the wet floor immediately.

Cleaning stains from ceramic tile floors

Ceramic tile floors are vulnerable to staining and spillage, especially in the kitchen area. However, you can be free of any concerns, as the above-mentioned simple tips and tricks are enough to clean the stains as well. For juices, tea, and coffee stains, clean the area with warm water and disinfectant. Next, blot the area with hydrogen peroxide. For grease stains, you can use club soda and water or a strong commercial grade floor cleaner.

It is crucial to remember to stay away from acid cleaners at all costs! For a hard stain, like the one caused by ink, dip a cloth in diluted bleach completely and lay it on top of the stain. Leave the cloth on the area until the stain is gone. Rinse thoroughly when done.

Knowing how to clean stains and ceramic tile flooring is the key to longer-lasting flooring. Although ceramic tiles are fairly easy to maintain, you need to know the tips and tricks. Get these basics right, and you are good to go for good long years.

About the author

Isha Tandon has worked within the architecture and interior design industry as a flooring consultant expert – specializing in tiles, stones, and terrazzo. She has worked with Orientbell Limited, a leading tile manufacturer in India, as a product development manager in the design team and has recently joined the marketing team as their digital content expert. Her experience comes in handy in understanding the audience as she creates value-driven functional & informational content for the readers. She creates lifestyle pieces that focus on interior design products, trends, and processes. She loves to travel to historic places with rich architecture.

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